Howe, Arkoma girls, Heavener, Talihina boys post opening-round wins

WISTER — The Howe Lady Lions took the first step in successfully defending their LeFlore County Tournament title Monday night at the Wister High School gym. However, it wasn’t easy.The Lady Lions were able to keep the pesky Wister Lady Wildcats at bay to hang on for a 48-43 victory in the opening round of the 81st LeFlore County Tournament.The Lady Lions played Spiro Tuesday night at this site in the championship quarterfinals.The other opening-round winners on the day and night at this site were the Arkoma Lady Mustangs, the Heavener Wolves and Talihina Golden Tigers.The Lady Mustangs defeated the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets 54-40 to set up Tuesday night’s quarterfinal game with Panama.On the boys side, the Heavener Wolves defeated the Arkoma Mustangs 58-36, while the Talihina Golden Tigers beat the tournament-host Wister Wildcats 65-48.